Posted on | January 7, 2013 | 1 Comment
Millions of people think of fame and fortune when they measure success or a successful life journey. Fame and fortune does not guarantee a person a successful life journey. In fact, just like any huge responsibility, fame and fortune requires a significantly higher degree of resolve and personal discipline, coupled with a strong morality to really handle the pressures that comes with it. Seldom a person is ready to be that strong to absorb those pressures of life that fame and fortune brings.
Let’s take a look at some of the men who where once had that measure of world success that brought fame and fortune to their lives and see how they measured.
A popular story recounts a meeting that may have taken place at the Edgewater Beach Hotel in Chicago in 1923. There is debate whether the meeting in fact occurred, but what is not in question is the actual rise and fall of the men featured in the story, who were nine of the richest men in the world at that time:
- Charles Schwab, President of the world’s largest independent steel company;
- Samuel Insull, President of the world’s largest utility company;
- Howard Hopson, President of the largest gas firm;
- Arthur Cutten, the greatest wheat speculator;
- Richard Whitney, President of the New York Stock Exchange;
- Albert Fall, member of the President’s Cabinet;
- Leon Frazier, President of the Bank of International Settlements;
- Jessie Livermore, the greatest speculator in the Stock Market; and
- Ivar Kreuger, head of the company with the most widely distributed securities in the world.
What happened to these powerful and rich men twenty-five years later?
- Charles Schwab had died in bankruptcy, having lived on borrowed money for five years before his death.
- Samuel Insull had died virtually penniless after spending some time as a fugitive from justice.
- Howard Hopson became insane.
- Arthur Cutten died overseas, broke.
- Richard Whitney had spent time in a mental asylum.
- Albert Fall was released from prison so he could die at home.
- Leon Fraizer, (8) Jessie Livermore, and (9) Ivar Kreuger each died by suicide.
Measured by wealth and power these men achieved success, at least temporarily. But it did not surely guarantee them a truly successful life. Their journey didn’t end quite well, did they?
One very intriguing commonality among these 9 richest men of the world is the notoriety for a “fast lane” lifestyle including opulent parties, high stakes gambling, and a string of extramarital affairs producing at least one child out of wedlock.
Many people think of fame and fortune when they measure successful life journey. However, at some point in life, most people come to realize that successful life journey is measured in terms of inner peace and soul-deep satisfaction and it does not come from fame and money, but having lived a life based on integrity and noble character.
(The information provided in the block quote is taken from http://en.wikipedia.org)